Supreme Court weighs antitrust dispute over Apple App Store

The U.S. Supreme Court in session for 229 years will be where this issue’s fate is decided

The U.S. Supreme Court in session for 229 years will be where this issue’s fate is decided

Bush-appointed Justice Samuel Alito also looked to be leaning towards siding with the plaintiffs, seeking out the portions of the Appeals Court decision that found the case to be about Apple's monopoly control of the App Store- a critical part of the case against Cupertino.

An Apple spokesperson said in a statement to Fortune that the App Store "has fueled competition and growth in app development", which created millions of jobs and resulted in over $100 billion in payments to developments worldwide. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that Apple's 30% cut on all sales in the App Store are causing consumers to overpay.

Apple claimed that its relationship is exclusively with an app developer, who it charges a commission, and that app purchasers buy directly from the developer.

"The first sale is from Apple to the customer".

His comments could align him with justices who would allow the suit to proceed. Conducting the full proceedings or agreeing to a settlement would potentially see Apple agree to pay out damages to app users. I pay Apple directly with the credit card information that I've supplied to Apple. A judge could triple the compensation to consumers under antitrust law if Apple ultimately loses the lawsuit.

But it was not just the court's liberals who seemed skeptical of Apple's argument. The judge threw out the suit, ruling that the consumers were not direct purchasers because the higher fees they paid were passed on to them by the developers.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh said if consumers are paying more than they should, then perhaps they should be able to sue.

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Apple says it doesn't own the apps or sell them. Roberts expressed concern that, for a single price increase, Apple could be held liable by both consumers and App developers.

A ruling against Apple could add to pressure the company already is feeling because of disappointing iPhone sales.

The company was briefly overtaken recently by Microsoft as the nation's most valuable company, something referred to by Washington lawyer David Frederick, who represented the consumers who want to sue.

App Association President Morgan Reed said the appeals court misunderstood the relationship between developers and platforms, improperly looking at platforms as distributors that buy from vendors and resell to customers, rather than as conduits that simply connect the two.

The iPhone users, including lead plaintiff Robert Pepper of Chicago, have argued that Apple's monopoly leads to inflated prices compared to if apps were available from other sources.

Apple is being accused of breaking federal antitrust laws by monopolizing the way applications are installed on the iPhone.

Apple has the support of the Justice Department, which argues that Apple is simply providing a marketplace for app consumers.

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